Chloe Ting has “had enough” and is thinking of quitting YouTube

Chloe Ting, a fitness YouTuber with over 20 million subscribers, has opened up about the pressure and hate she receives. She is losing passion for creating content and has filed legal proceedings for defamation.

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Tyler Mendoza
September 14, 2021 9:53 am

Christina Lamb, a foreign correspondent who has covered wars and conflicts worldwide, experienced ambushes, kidnappings and was shot at. Despite going through all this, “Nothing could prepare me for the online war”, she reported.

I don’t think it is worth it when your following grows to the tens of millions. By that stage the cons outweigh the benefits. Your every move is placed under a microscope with trolls and haters ready to pounce at the instance of a misunderstanding. I sympathize with Chloe Ting when she says she can get called out for the simplest things. If she says she likes chocolate, people accuse her of promoting body image disorders! None of this happens to micro-influencers.

This hammers home the point. The trouble really begins when your following grows and you start to earn a living as a social media influencer. For one, other influencers try to make a name for themselves by attacking you. As someone who watches fitness videos on YouTube, I’ve seen Chloe Ting referred to multiple times.

Secondly, when you start to make money, things change. Em Sheldon, an Instagram influencer, told Members of Parliament in the UK, “People hate influencers. They are so angry at us making money.” She rightly worries that there will be more suicides and more depression unless something is done: “In which other industry are you allowed to be constantly, relentlessly attacked every single day just for existing?”

It is baffling to know that these aren’t children directing these attacks. They are grown adults. What goes on in their heads when they think it’s ok to try to destroy someone’s livelihood? What makes you think you are any better than the person you’re sending hate to when your comments are death threats. And for what? Making a workout video or taking a selfie. Really?

A lot of the time hate is borne by rumors. People send a flurry of hate to the influencer who is accused of doing something unbecoming of the saints we all supposedly are. When it turns out these claims are unfounded, nothing happens to those who sent the hate. Why can they get away with it? Social media can’t continue like this. People’s lives and mental health are at stake. I don’t watch Chloe Ting’s videos myself but as I said, I have heard of her from other fitness YouTubers. I’m glad she is sticking up for herself. Say no to bullying, online or not. People sending hate have to be held accountable and learn their lesson that it’s not ok to do this.

Jason Ng
September 13, 2021 3:07 pm

Situations like these strike a chord with me. Even though I have made only a few videos on YouTube, I’ve felt the pressure from script writing, filming and editing. And this is coming from someone who had very few subscribers. I regularly think about giving YouTube another shot. Always in the back of my mind there is something telling me to start making videos again.

Chloe Ting, who has more than 20 million subscribers, talks about the pressure and hate comments, and is wondering if it is worth it. In her video she talks about being thick-skinned but sometimes she can’t block off all the hate. When you have an audience that large, I can totally get how difficult it would be.

And this is what concerns me. I don’t think I will ever reach 20 million subscribers. I have a better chance of being abducted by aliens👽. I worry about how my mental health will be affected, especially as I have struggled with mental health in the past. Could it just roll off me? Or will I take hate comments to heart? It’s sad that it is normalised. Content creators have an implicit understanding that if you are going to put yourself on YouTube, you will receive hate comments.

What’s sad about this whole situation is that it reminds me of another YouTube creator called BubzBeauty, a beauty and lifestyle vlogger who I remember from the early days of YouTube. I distinctly remember one of her videos being featured on the front page of YouTube in 2009, way before the YouTube app was ever conceived. The video was called Youtube Haters. In the video Bubz talked about the racist comments, the hate and bashing. It’s really sad to see 12 years later nothing has changed. If anything it has gotten worse.

I wonder how many people have thought about sharing their talents or views on YouTube but have been dissuaded by the inevitable hate you get for putting your face on the platform. In Chloe Ting’s video, she truly sounds fed up with it all. Creators don’t deserve this. Regardless if you agree or disagree with them, if they are creating innocent content like workout videos or beauty tips, they shouldn’t be bullied. Full stop.

Abi Ortega
September 16, 2021 10:56 am

Chloe Ting’s situation is unfortunate. It is by no means unique. I followed her workouts when I was stuck at home and they helped me a lot. It was also good to be part of a supportive community where we could share the successes and struggles we were going through. I know we shouldn’t judge someone only on what we see in their videos, but there was nothing in her content that warranted the hate she has received.

The mental health of Creators struggles enormously because of this. I have seen on more than one occasion YouTube Creators whose personalities have changed after having grown in subscribers. This isn’t burnout, which is a separate issue. Rather it is real psychological change. They look more on edge, less happy and start compromising values they once had. Eerily similar to what drug addiction can do.

Few keep level-headed and seem able to handle what social media throws at them. These are Creators who probably have a strong support mechanism around them and might even take regular therapy sessions. Their growth and exposure to the world of social media stardom is managed very carefully. Charli D’Amelio, the most followed TikToker by far, is in therapy among countless other Creators.

Those Creators who place their mental health as an afterthought could be making a big and lasting mistake. Some activists have lobbied for big tech like Twitter, YouTube and Instagram to provide therapy sessions for Creators.

Perceptions can easily be skewed too. Brands are taking advantage of Chloe Ting’s name. One app on the Play Store, Chloe Ting Workout: Burn Belly Fat at Home, has copied her workouts from YouTube and put them on the app. Another app says you can have a fake video call with Chloe Ting. I’m 99% sure this app has been developed without her permission. When Chloe takes legal action to remove these apps, people will be quick to accuse her of intimidating others with lawyers. All of a sudden #ChloeTingBully or some other accusation will be trending.

There are countless problems a large Creator has to navigate daily. It’s also why some Creators don’t manage their social media accounts anymore. They have a team to ❤ comments and to reply to fans. It’s not that the Creator doesn’t appreciate their fans, they just need to separate themselves from the trolling, abuse, threats and hate. They need to protect their mental health. When Chloe Ting says the hate gets to her, I get it. Anyone will start to second guess themselves when they receive that much hate. I can only hope she has a strong support team around her and she gets the mental health support that all large Creators need.

Alban Duro
September 15, 2021 12:15 pm

I am a self-confessed troll or a hater. People paint trolls with the same brush, that we are angry, frustrated and have no morals. I will give a different perspective. Trolls are needed as checks and balances against dangerous content. The trolls and haters have gone too far with Chloe Ting in this circumstance. However if a creator promotes content that is harmful, of which there is a lot on social media, they rightfully should be called out.

One step up from this are creators who promote racist, offensive and violent content. Is one a troll or hater if they push back against this content and hold the creator to account? What about scammers? YouTube is exploding with scams in 2021. A healthy level of trolling is needed to keep creators in check.

So I label myself as the thoughtful troll. Now what I do have a problem with is indiscriminate trolling. This is what Chloe Ting has experienced. This is hate for no legitimate reason. I also have a problem with hate directed at someone on the basis of an accusation, not evidence. It is all too common on social media.

Nas Daily, an Arab-Israeli mega influencer, has been coming under fire from an accusation about his behavior 2 years ago in the Philippines. He is accused of only caring about clickable content, rude behavior to his host family and mocking the Filipino accent. Nas Daily has rejected these accusations but this hasn’t stopped people from sending him hate. Innocent until proven guilty doesn’t exist on social media. Instead it is trial by the mob. Now I don’t know if Nas Daily is guilty or not. What I do have an issue with is hate from people who assume an accusation is the truth.

When I heard about this accusation, I immediately felt some dislike toward Nas Daily. But then I checked myself. Is it coming from a place of jealousy? Perhaps. Within a span of 5 years he has amassed millions of followers and is running a very successful business. I asked myself if the accusations have been verified. I hadn’t heard Nas Daily’s side of the story. My anger subsided soon after.

Novak Djokovic, a Serbian professional tennis player, famously uttered the words “pressure is a privilege“. Without understanding or even searching for the context behind these words, people were quick to attack him because Simone Biles had stepped down from competition at the Tokyo Olympics because of the pressure. People are so quick to send hate with the slightest inklings of a scandal.

In my opinion, trolling has its place. For Chloe Ting, there was no justification for it. There is not enough consideration in the online world. There is barely any restraint. People are too quick to judge. If everyone who sent hate had their lives put on display, they would get the exact same hate they are sending out. No one is perfect and no one’s slate is entirely clean.

Signing off,
A thoughtful troll.

Camille Lansac
September 13, 2021 9:12 pm

It is SO frustrating to watch the criticisms aimed at Chloe Ting, namely the troll who trivialized her work and said she’s just a pretty girl in yoga pants.

Another example of sexism that permeates all areas of society and is rampant on social media. There is a myth that you can somehow stumble into social media superstardom. Think about it for a minute. Does this troll really think it was luck and didn’t involve an immense work ethic to get where Chloe Ting is today?

In Chloe’s own words, “I worked really hard to get where I am. Sacrificed so much. SO much I can’t even begin… Nothing is just purely luck.

The troll references Chloe Ting’s fitness wear as one of the main reasons for her success. This makes me so angry. Not only does it trivialize so much hard work, but it’s also so hypocritical. So many male fitness YouTubers barely wear anything and no one bats an eyelid. When is the last time a male fitness YouTuber was told the only reason they have subscribers is because of their gym wear?

Its frustrating enough to see someone attacked online out of spite and jealousy, but to bring sexism into it is too much. I do hope the legal proceedings result in severe repercussions for the troll. A precedent has to be set and we have to start taking online bullying much more seriously.